Japan gives up court battles over recognition of A-bomb illnesses
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 15:55
  
Tokyo: The government has withdrawn its appeals today against court decisions that recognised 38 people as suffering from radiation-related illnesses linked to the 1945 atomic bombings following a recent agreement with plaintiffs.

Officials of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said it would soon start procedures for the 38 to be certified as patients of diseases deriving from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

The state lost 19 straight lawsuits filed across the country over the certification issue, with the latest defeat at the Kumamoto District Court on Aug 3.

The government appeals involving the 38 plaintiffs had been filed with five high courts in Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Nagoya and Takamat Su.

The latest move comes after Prime Minister Taro Aso signed an agreement last Thursday, the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, under which the government will provide a blanket resolution to all 306 plaintiffs who sought recognition as A-bomb sufferers.

The appeal withdrawals have left 63 of the plaintiffs uncertified, including 48 who are awaiting lower court rulings. The other 15, who have lost their suits, are expected to receive relief using a new government fund.

Bureau Report


First Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 15:55


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